We provide expedited Maryland MVA vehicle registration or renewal services:
TAG & TITLE
Walk-ins or make an appointment. Agents are ready to service you in excellence.
Issuance of Soundex Number
- New State Resident
- Business (Z-xxx-xxx-xxx)
- New Title w/Tags ( Maryland State Inspection)
- New Title w/Transfer (new vehicle must undergo Maryland State Inspection for tag transfer)
- Temporary Tags - New Title w/30-Day Tags
- Duplicate Title
You must be able to prove the vehicle has been sold to you and you have vehicle insurance.
If you purchased the vehicle from a private party, and the vehicle is less than 7 years old, you must have a notarized bill of sale. The vehicle title signed by from the previous owner.
If you purchased the vehicle from a dealer/auction you must have the original bill of sale and odometer disclosure statement from the dealer/auction.
Loan Documentation ( Lien Holder)
If the vehicle has a loan/is being financed, bring lien and lien holder information from the bank or financing entity.
Tag & Title Services
- Same Day Permanent MVA Maryland Tags - Hard plates issued, full vehicle registration for one or two years (Vehicle must inspected within the past 90 days).
- Same Day Temporary MVA Maryland Tags - Hard plates issued, full vehicle registration for 30 days
- Tag Return - Provide cancellation receipt. Insurance should not be cancelled until tags are returned. Refunds are issued with registrations having more than one year remaining on sticker.
- Disability Tags - An individual with a disability may apply for:
- One placard
- One set of disability plates
- One placard and one set of disability plates
- Two placards.
In addition, up to two motorcycle disability plates can be requested with any combination listed above.
Placards are designed to easily move from one vehicle to another, whether it's a vehicle you own personally or a vehicle in which you're riding that is owned by another.
Placards must be hung on the inside rearview mirror. If the vehicle does not have an inside mirror, or the inside mirror is not visible from the rear, you may display the placard on top of the dashboard on the driver’s side. Please make sure that the side of the placard displayed shows its expiration date.
The MVA will accept a letter from the Veterans Administration stating that you have a total (100%) disability and will issue a disability license plate. You can choose any plate, including a veteran plate, and it will display the universal wheelchair symbol. 100% Disabled Veterans receive free registration for all license plate types.
If you have a temporary disability that’s expected to last at least three weeks, you may apply for a temporary parking placard. It must be certified by a licensed physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, optometrist, podiatrist or chiropractor. This placard may be valid for up to six months
- Substitute/ Replacement Tags - New tags due to existing tags are lost or damaged.
- Personalised Tags - MVA tags will be processed with the first available name chosen and the MVA tags will be delivered within six to eight weeks. The vehicle must have regular plates registered to the vehicle prior to ordering personalized tags.
- Tag Transfer - Transfer plates from one vehicle to another.
- Annual Registration Renewal - One or two year option available.
- Duplicate Registration - Official MVA duplicate if registration Lost/Damaged registration card
- Substitute Sticker - Replacement registration sticker if registration sticker is Lost/Damaged
- Gray Market – Out of Country Vehicles coming to the U.S
Flag Assistance and Removal
The MVA may place a flag on your vehicle’s record upon the request of an authorized flagging entity such as a local police agency. Most flags are associated with an unresolved problem such as vehicle emissions, insurance compliance, parking ticket, red light, speed or toll violation. The presence of a flag on your vehicle’s record will prevent you from completing certain types of MVA transactions such as renewing your vehicle’s registration.
Note, that for the types of flags listed below, you will be required to pay an additional administrative fee to the MVA:
- Flags resulting from the vehicle owner’s failure to resolve a parking violation
- Flags resulting from the vehicle owner’s failure to resolve a toll violation
- Flags resulting from the vehicle owner’s failure to resolve a red-light violation captured by an automated camera system
- Flags resulting from the vehicle owner’s failure to resolve a speed camera violation captured by an automated camera system
This administrative fee may be paid either before or after the jurisdictional flag has been removed. However, the fee must be paid in full before you will be allowed to proceed with any MVA transaction blocked by the flag.
For what reasons could a flag be placed on For what reasons could a flag be placed on my vehicle record?
First, it is important to note that a flag is usually placed on your vehicle’s record after you have failed to resolve a problem. State and local jurisdictions, law enforcement agencies, operational units within the MVA, and certain other authorized entities can all request the placement of a flag. The entity that requested the flag placement most likely sent you a notice requiring some action (e.g., pay a parking fine). If you failed to comply with the request within the time period allowed, the entity could then ask the MVA to place the flag.
Some of the more common reasons why a flag may be placed include:
- Insurance compliance violation – the MVA’s vehicle insurance records indicate a problem. See Insurance Requirements for Maryland Vehicles for information about insurance requirements;
- Returned check – you may have submitted a check to the MVA that was not processed by your bank;
- Red light camera violation – your vehicle was captured in a photograph showing that it ran a red light;
- Parking violation – your vehicle received a parking citation;
- Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program (VEIP) violation – the MVA’s records on your vehicle’s emissions inspections indicate a problem. See Vehicle Emissions for more information;
- Safety Equipment Repair Order (SERO) violation – you may not have returned proof that your vehicle was repaired after being stopped for a safety-related problem (e.g., headlight was burned out). See the infoMVA process description entitled Safety Equipment Repair Order (SERO) for more information.
- Law enforcement agency referral – a law enforcement agency requested the placement of a flag for a variety of reasons;
- Abandoned vehicle violation – a law enforcement agency identified your vehicle as abandoned;
- Title violation – a problem may exist in connection with the titling of your vehicle;
- Salvage vehicle violation – a problem may exist in connection with your salvaged vehicle;
- Public Service Commission violation - your vehicle is not in compliance with the PSC.
- Toll facilities violation- your vehicle was captured in a photograph when the required toll was not paid.
- Comptroller violation - the Comptroller's office has recorded a violation due to an individual or business owing undisputed taxes. For additional information individuals may call 855-213-6669 and businesses may call 410-649-0633. You may also contact the Comptroller's office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) violation - the DLLR has recorded a violation due to an individual or business owing undisputed unemployment insurance contributions. For additional information you may contact DLLR at 410-767-2699 or e-mail DLLR at email@example.com.
- Speed camera violation – your vehicle was captured in a photograph showing it exceeded the posted speed limit.
- Administrative fee owed – the MVA places an additional, administrative fee flag if the original flag was placed as a result of a red light camera violation, parking violation, speed camera violation, or toll facilities violation. For more information about this flag, see the question below about paying the administrative fee.
What happens when a flag is placed?
When a flag is placed on your vehicle’s record, you will be prevented from:
- renewing the vehicle’s registration;
- transferring the vehicle’s license plates to another vehicle;
- obtaining substitute license plates for the vehicle;
- obtaining a duplicate registration card.
A few flags can cause even more serious consequences for you, such as subjecting your license plates to immediate retrieval by law enforcement agencies.
Note that when a flag is placed as a result of a parking, toll, speed camera or red-light camera violation, the MVA will charge you an additional administrative fee. That fee must be paid, along with any fines associated with the original citation, before the flag can be completely resolved.
How can I have the flag removed?
On Time Tag and Title can assist with the flag removal and processing your administrative fee.
An administrative fee is charged for each flag that results from the vehicle owner’s failure to resolve:
- a parking violation;
- a toll violation;
- a red-light violation captured by an automated camera system; or
- a speed camera violation captured by an automated camera system.
Out of State Vehicle Registration ( Owner is New to Maryland)
As a new resident of Maryland, you must title your vehicle within 60 days of moving to Maryland. If you delay beyond 60 days, you will not be eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state, and you may be subject to a citation for an out of state registration.
Typically, you will need to submit the following forms to obtain a title for your vehicle:
- Proof of ownership – This is the vehicle’s existing title that identifies you as the owner. If the vehicle is from a state that does not issue a title as proof of ownership ONLY, the vehicle's registration document and bill of sale may be submitted as proof of ownership. If a lien holder (e.g., finance company, bank, etc.) has your title, the On Time Tag and Title can assist you by providing a letter for you to send to the lien holder requesting that the title be sent to the MVA.
- Proof of vehicle’s value – If the vehicle’s value cannot be identified by the MVA, you may need to submit a bill of sale. For leased vehicles, a lease agreement may also be acceptable
- Lease agreement and proof of monthly lease payments (leased vehicles only) – If you have paid or are paying excise tax to another state through your lease payments, the documents may be needed to determine the amount of excise tax credit you may receive.
- Lien information – If you borrowed money to buy the vehicle, lien information may need to be recorded on the application. The MVA form entitled Security Interest Filing must be used if a second lien is placed against the title.
- Lien release – If your title indicates that a lien exists, the MVA will file the lien against your new title (i.e., transfer the lien).
- Proof of military status (i.e. military ID or equivalent) - Must be submitted to be eligible for an excise tax credit:
- If the owner is a member of the military on active duty or a member of their immediate family and has not been a Maryland resident for more than one year, an excise tax credit is allowed with proof of active military status.
- If the owner is a Maryland resident on active duty or a member of their immediate family returning to this state, an excise tax credit is allowed if the vehicle is titled within one year of their return, with proof of active military status.